Cristin Barbu has served as a science teacher In South Los Angeles for over 23 years, and as the Gifted Magnet Coordinator at John Adams Middle School for over 3 years. He believes in providing students in Title 1 schools with a strong, well-rounded education with arts playing an important part. Cristin is very confident that TYS’ program is very beneficial for students, and that it empowers them and builds their confidence. He is very proud that John Adams is the first middle school where the program was implemented and was such a great success despite the COVID school closures and quarantine. Cristin has an engineering background, earned his Teaching Credentials at California State LA and UCLA, and is also a musician and composer.